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1 September 2014

Latics complete signing of 2013/14 League One Player of the Year Adam Forshaw from Brentford.

  • Adam Forshaw joins Wigan Athletic.
  • Four year contract deal from Brentford.
  • Number one target to replace Jordi Gomez - Rosler.

Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm that the transfer of Adam Forshaw from Brentford has finally been completed, hours before the end of the transfer window.

The 22-year old-former Everton trainee was given permission to talk to the club last week after the club had an offer accepted and, after a protracted negotiation process, the player has now completed a medical, agreed personal terms and put pen to paper on a four-year-deal at the DW Stadium.

Last year’s Sky Bet League One Player of The Season has been a long standing target for Uwe Rosler, who signed him for Brentford in 2012, and the Latics manager is delighted to have finally got his man.

“First of all, I want to say that Adam was always my number one target as a permanent replacement for Jordi Gomez,” Rosler said.

“We are all therefore delighted that he is joining us.

“Of course he is a player I know well, I initially loaned him during my time at Brentford and he gained his first regular league football experience there under me.

“We bought him permanently and now I am very happy to sign, for a second time, a player who developed into the best player in League One last season.

“Our patience has been rewarded and we have got a fantastic young player at the right age and the right price for Wigan Athletic.

Rosler continued:

“It has been technically a very challenging transfer and I would like to thank all the parties involved: Matthew Benham at Brentford for leading the negotiations from their end, Everton Football Club for the way they have helped, the Football League for all their help and guidance and to the legal teams involved for their hard work.

“Adam will be a big part of our future at this football club; he is the right age, with the right qualities and desire to progress here.

“He will take the Championship in his stride and, like all of our signings, we believe he has the potential to flourish in the Premier League as well.”

Forshaw joined Brentford on loan in February 2012, before joining permanently in May of the same year and becoming influential in the club’s rise into the Sky Bet Championship.

Last season he played 39 times in League One, scoring eight goals and, as well as claiming the Player of the Year award for the division, Forshaw was also named in the League One PFA Team of the Year.

Forshaw was a year below Callum McManaman at the Everton Academy, having joined at just seven-years-old.

He was a standout player growing through the ranks at Goodison Park, featuring heavily in Everton’s reserve team, while progressing to earn his first team debut in the Europa League in 2009 against BATE Borisov before coming on as a substitute against Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2011 for his first Premier League appearance.

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